Various design and spacial trends throughout the years can be attributed to advancements in technology, societal norms, real estate market standings and more. Lets take a look at some of the design trends from the turn of the century as noted by Bleamish, Parrott, Emmel and Peterson in Kitchen Planning.
Center of the Home: With every new design trend one thing remains constant, the expansion of kitchens in size. An open floor plan concept is becoming more popular, as the kitchen would be built in conjunction with a living or dining room, as opposed to being a separate room all together. This could be a result of the popularity in cooking tv shows at the start of the century.
Islands: The early 2000s is when we began seeing kitchen islands appear more frequently. They were highly desired in all middle-class American homes and could be designed to include a multitude of kitchen tasks and activities.
Three-door Refrigerator: Three-door, or french door refrigerators, began to become more and more common. Built-in water filtration was introduced as well as separate wine refrigerators that were found both in the kitchen and other parts of the home.
Technological Advancements: Appliances began to start incorporating electronic control at the start of the 2000s. Televisions and other entertainment devices started showing up in the kitchen as well, a trend we think could best be left behind.
Stay tuned for our in-depth look at The Internet of Things and your kitchen.
Feng Shui: The Asian influence of design starting booming in American kitchen trends at the turn of the century. With the promise to incorporate harmony and prosperity in life through the arrangement of our environment, feng shui remains a beautiful and respected design style to this day.
Sustainable Design: Granite, stainless steel and tile were used extensively, and natural wood was becoming more and more popular. In addition to more energy-efficient appliances, the use of renewable materials such as linoleum, cork and bamboo was also increasing.
Source: Kitchen Planning: Guidelines, Codes and Standards. Julie Bleamish, Kathleen Parrott, JoAnn Emmel and Mary Jo Peterson. NKBA. Wiley Publications 2013. Pg 22-33.